Tips on How to Mix Design Styles

May 19, 2017 by Leanne
Fulton County Collection

Fulton County Collection

Throughout May we’re featuring design advice from our Visual Design Team. How do they get inspired? What are their best design tips? How can you take your home from ordinary to exciting? This week, we’re exploring how to mix design styles by examining how our Visual Merchandisers, Carolyn and Amanda, created a fun kids’ bedroom. Here are some of their insights:

Look Beyond the Obvious

Amanda says, “When you first look at this furniture, the finish is rustic, but the lines and cut are modern. That triggers the imagination and opens the door to mixing design styles and themes.”

Mix Eras 

Our Team went with retro styling rather than a predictable rustic theme for a playful effect. Carolyn explains, “We let shapes and colours take centre stage. Turquoise bedding and accents highlight the beauty of the furniture’s finish while offering fresh colour and contrast.” Geometrics create an art deco vibe that is very on-trend.

Consider Geometrics

Whatever your design style, geometric s add instant modernism and drama. In the vignette created by our Visual Design Team, circles in the bedding and wall hanging and square details in the lamps set a contemporary tone.

Carolyn and Amanda offer their expert tips for incorporating geometrics into your space:

  • Repetition is the key. Find 2 or 3 elements in your room to repeat geometric patterns – wall hangings, upholstery, rugs, etc. Don’t go overboard, but do establish unity through repetition.
  • Geometrics become the focal point of a room. If you’re conservative, limit your use to a few simple pieces and avoid bright colours. Amanda explains, “A rug and cushions with a circle pattern may be all you need to embrace the look.”
  • Accessories. If you want to sample geometrics, accessories are an affordable way to dabble, as in our vignette. A single wall of geometric wallpaper is also a great place to start.
  • Think outside the square (or circle!) Don’t forget, geometrics include other patterns that may better suit your sense of style – like a triangle, rhombus or even the timeless stripe. Plus, you can mix a couple of shapes for even more interest.

Don’t be afraid! Carolyn says if there’s one message she’d like to convey, it’s to go past your fears and welcome change. “Our team loves to experiment. When we allow ourselves to go outside the box, we have our most amazing ideas.” She adds, “And you can too!”

French Country Inspiration

May 11, 2017 by Leanne

Our series of inspirational advice from Stoney Creek Furniture’s Visual Design Team continues with a look at French Country style. It’s so easy to be drawn to the beauty of French Country – it’s elegant yet relaxed, charming yet classic and surprisingly easy to achieve in your own home. Our Visual Design Team is happy to share their interpretation of this iconic style, including their exclusive tips on how to take it up a notch.

French Country

This featured vignette, created by Visual Merchandisers, Carolyn and Melissa, is a great place to kick start your imagination.

  • Melissa created this stunning pale pink flower wall from a Pinterest inspiration. It’s generated quite a stir among customers (and led to a few custom orders!). Celebrating the glory of spring, it’s the foundation for the vignette. In your own home, find a focal piece you love to set the palette and tone for your space.
  • The Colleen chair is classic French and carries the theme beautifully. It exudes comfort and luxury without being pretentious.
  • Showcase pale pink and white flowers in glass vases – and then in complete contrast – also in a rustic wood box. “Juxtaposition is exciting,” says Carolyn, “Add a couple of unexpected elements; mix it up for a fresh look.”
  • Mirrored accent pieces extend the unexpected theme. “It’s not classic French style, but it fits perfectly,” Carolyn says, “In fact, I think it adds a gorgeous hint of glamour.”
  • Porcelain accessories continue the glamour – highlighted by a stunning cake server that can be used to display just about anything. The scalloped edge is so French!French Country

How can you add a French Country feeling to your home? Our team suggests:

  • Subtle sophistication. Inviting and warm, yet always chic – that’s the hallmark of French country. While there’s definitely a nod to femininity, it’s not about ruffles or frills. Simple and understated reign – a touch of cotton lace or a decorative edging.
  • Soft palette. Muted colours and subtle patterns are classic French country. Toile is the go-to choice. While soft is the theme, French Country often embraces a pop of colour, typically in warm shades like red, green or yellow – evocative of the countryside in the south of France.
  • Natural influence. Steer toward natural materials to achieve the French look. Tiled or unpolished wood floors, plants, fresh flowers, brick walls, linen, cotton, etc.

I hope our Visual Design Team has inspired you with French Country ideas. Just keep in mind that styles are always adaptable, as our Team demonstrated in the vignette. Melissa adds, “If it pleases the eye, try it!”